oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Peanut allergy : changing epidemiology and management : review article

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Allergy to peanut is a severe and life altering health problem faced by increasing numbers of children and adults. It affects 1 to 2% of children in Westernised countries. Peanut allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis and death due to food allergy. Over the last 10-15 years the prevalence of peanut allergy has doubled in the United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (USA). Precise figures for prevalence in Africa are unknown but, clinical experience of local allergists indicates a rising prevalence in local populations. Peanut allergy develops early in life and most often persists lifelong. The strongest predictors known to be associated with an increased risk of peanut allergy are severe eczema and egg allergy. This article aims to review recent research and new findings in the field of peanut allergy as well as new directions in management.

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